The Aftermath

“dear phish lotto, I hope you die in a fire”

“Never been so stoked to see a $324 charge on his credit card!!!”

“The MO ticket goddesses rejected her…booohoooo”


“Who’s got my extras…??? i need Phish tix”

“The Phish lottery did me right!!!”

“Phish tickets sucks…No if’s and’s or butt’s about it. It’s a scam like spam.”


“tickets are for noobs”

“Best birthday surprise ever (revealed at dinner): we won the ticket lottery. See you at the Greek and Telluride!”

“Scored 471 Greeks and 202 Tellurides! YAY!!”


"There Are Two Sides to Everything"

There are two sides of every coin. Regardless of what names one affixes to them – the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the lightness and the darkness – all experiences are split in two, allowing for life’s peaks and valleys. Yesterday, this dichotomy became evident as as emails rolled back from Phish, pronouncing our pre-season ticket fates. Above were excerpts from my friends’ Facebook status updates, a news feed that was dominated by the swirling emotions left in the wake of the ticket lottery. In a cloud of black smoke, peoples’ dreams of stress-less Fridays were crushed, while many others sung a distinctly jovial tune. As is the aftermath of each tour’s mail order maelstrom, the community is left divided – celebratory and bitter – waiting for this weekend’s public on-sales.

And now everyone braces for a ticket barrage like none in recent memory, as the entire summer tour will drop within two days. Ticketmaster is hosting many of the shows, and everyone knows what to expect from their servers. But the biggest farce of the summer is Telluride’s chosen agent, Tickethorse, who will sell 2-day passes through one phone number and a janky website that will go down like Oceanic 815. The bottom line – get your credit cards and mouse clicking fingers ready. Or plan a stealth getaway to that outlet that you discovered last summer, because after Saturday, all the ticket will be spoken for – temporarily.

Ticket Mania - (P.Tschudy)

Through grassroots efforts, fans always seem to get tickets to other fans, and now with the Internet’s help, it’s never been easier. Between Phantasy Tour, Cash For Your Extra, Phish Thought’s very own Ticket Exchange,and other various message boards, the web is helping the community subvert scalper efforts. While stressing face-for-face exchanges, these fan-run sites do allow people to set their own bargaining chips, providing an friendly, online marketplace for fans to barter with other fans, instead of high-priced, geeked-out guidos with mullets. Since the modern era of Phish has dawned, and largely following Hampton’s (expected) debacle, fans have stepped up to facilitate a fair-trade ticket market, doing their best to intercept scalping middle-men, TicketsNow and StubHub.

But alas, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here people. Tickets haven’t even gone on sale; chill out for just a minute. Nobody is shut out of anywhere. And aside for the Greek and Telluride, any other ticket should be easily attainable for face value or under between now and then. Point being, don’t write off summer plans based on what the lottery spun your way, because aside for these western shows, tickets will be out there!

Jones Beach '09 (W.Rogell)

Regardless of anything else, the conclusion of this weekend’s “official” festivities will bring us into April, as the community shift gears with Chicago’s summer opener only two-plus months away. And that is what is important to keep in perspective. Most of these preseason ticket shenanigans are fueled by emotion in the moment, but in 2009, tickets were the last concern on anyone’s list, so in 2010, the situation should only get easier. The only stubs that should cause a stir in the scalping landscape will be The Greek and Telluride. Otherwise, they’d best be served my sticking to U2 and Hannah Montana, where the demand actually far outweighs the supply. But if not, you know they’ll always be there if you need em!

As we all embark on individual quests this weekend, just remember, everyone will be inside in the end. But, as always, the wait is a bitch.

Best of luck. And remember, all is fair in love, war and tickets. Game on.


Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Taste” 8.9.97 I

A standout chunk from Alpine’s opening frame in ’97; another audio retrospective of an upcoming summer visit.



Download of the Day:

8.10.96 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI < Megaupload

Continuing today’s mini-musical glimpse on Alpine history, here is a re-post of Phish initial visit to their now-staple tour stop in the Midwest. Check out the stellar versions of “Reba” in the first set and the “Hood” in the second.

I: My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart, AC/DC Bag, Fee, Reba, I Didn’t Know, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Rift, Bathtub Gin, Cavern

II: Wilson, Down with Disease, Scent of a Mule, Free, Fluffhead, Hold Your Head Up > Whipping Post > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood, A Day in the Life

E: Contact, Fire

Source: B&K 4021 > PSP-2 > DA-P1

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1,118 Responses to “The Aftermath”

  1. sumodie Says:

    @KWL: Yes, I know about the locals only policy. I’m not counting on getting one of those. My local friend also got PTBM, and since I scored Greeks…I may be extending my left coast excursions

  2. KWL Says:

    @halcyon, if you’re still out there, i think i saw you say something about a condo in t-ride, if you have any space open up let me know the details. probly going with my buddy i brought to indio (him or the lady). camping is our default option but would def upgrade to a roof if not too taxed.

  3. KWL Says:

    @PB, I will keep that in mind… I will be trying to scoop 1 more telly tomorrow for a friend who is on the fence. If I get it, and if they don’t go (2 very large IFs, but stranger things have happened), we may have an arrangement.

    @sumo, thanks for pointing that out! I have 10 ET written down. 2 extra hours sleep, guess i’ll pour another brown ale!

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    County popluation 7500 local only tickets 1500. 20% to locals.

    BTW the typical resident of San Miguel county that would opt for this event are not the typical credit card wielding/owning demographic.

    I have no empirical evidence but I am certain the sample size is greater than 30.

  5. sumodie Says:

    @PBerzerker: My friends know all the ins and outs of life in Telluride. Their stories make me a bit envious in fact. Thus when PH got the go ahead, well, nuff said. If only I could ski before the shows

  6. Jtran Says:

    If anyone scores an extra GW/Camden 1 Pav. tomorrow morning I’d be interested. I’ll be working during both on-sale times with no access to the internet. I know I don’t post a lot (if at all) but I’m always around. Cheers

    jtranvt23 at gmail dot com

  7. Robear Says:

    kwl, nice score! where did you say we were all staying with halcyon?

    sumo, good call. we all crash at Club Mineriffic

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Seriously, cool.

    not holding you to anything but the offer stands

    The place is a ranch a few miles out of town on Wilson Mesa. one of the lodgings sleeps 10+ so I think we should be able to get you a bed. THe property is a 1000 acre working ranch that has been owned and operated by the same family since it was homesteaded in the 1850s. This is as close the the old west as many folks will ever get. Good people taboot

    I do need to work out how I am getting to telluride from the greek.

    I need a ride for budgetary reasons mostly and its been 13 years since I got in a car with new people and cruised the land of the brave and free.

    And that is all part of the experience I know as phish.

  9. KWL Says:

    good question robear! we should have rented a BB condo months ago, with full service from all local airports on the BB bus.

  10. Robear Says:

    phamily b,

    sounds like my kind of place.

    just dragged out some of the old farming implements that were strewn about my place. made them part of the disc golf course, plus some nostalgic eye candy.

  11. sumodie Says:

    and its been 13 years since I got in a car with new people

    I fit 9 peeps total into a Chevy Cobalt on NYE MIA -you could trust me!

    Srsly, tho, let’s see how plans develop…….

  12. Robear Says:

    Phish in Telluride 🙂

  13. Prince Nabby Says:

    Darn it, Robear, you’re starting to make me regret not putting in for Telluride!

  14. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    Man I just raped

    think its time for bed now….

    feel bad i didnt have time to cuddle

  15. Robear Says:

    So, maybe they decided to play the Greek and Telluride in part because they’re not Ticketmaster / Live Nation venues.

    The only way they could buck ‘that’ system.

    My friends started a music entertainment company out here in Humboldt. Mostly because this was one of the few areas they found where they could exist outside the influence of the big conglomerates. Clear Channel was huge at the time. Now it’s TicketNation or LiveMaster, or whatevs.

    Kudos to Phish for trying, even though it led them inevitably to small, obscure places.

  16. Robear Says:

    Prince, don’t even sweat it. Sure, T’ride’s the rare combo of a place that’s great without Phish, and the Phish, that are great without the place, together.

    That said, the 11 shows you’re going to see will smoke! Blossom, Hershey, magic. Deer Creek, scorched strip malls left in their wake. The southern swing, forget about it.

  17. Prince Nabby Says:

    I’m sure that getting away from the corporate-owned venues was part of the reason. But I’m sure it was also just the desire to play somewhere beautiful that had some nostalgic significance for them also. I get the impression that Jon, Trey, Mike, and Page don’t have a lot of involvement in the scheduling of where they play these days. I heard a Trey interview from late last year in which he said he didn’t understand, for example, why they had not had a chance to play ATL, because they liked to play there. So my guess is that ATL, like Telluride and Berkeley, were band picks and most of the others were chosen by Red Light. Just my hunch.

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I am good for 12 straight road hours in the pilot seat, 18 with O2, 4 or 5 seconds with N2O.

    The family had the wherewithall to place the property in an perpertual easement with the Nature Conservancy to ensure that it stays out of developments ways in that county

  19. Prince Nabby Says:

    Yah, Robear. I’m a lucky, lucky man. No complaints from right where I’m sitting right now. I even performed various Jedi Mind Tricks to get my gf to do tour with me. I’m happy for everyone going to Tride, but I’m cool with not being there (at least for now!)

  20. sumodie Says:

    umm…or maybe the PH couldnt say no to playing 2 sick venues

  21. Prince Nabby Says:

    True that, Sumo. I’m just guessing for fun!

  22. sumodie Says:

    ok…must sleep before tomorrows madness begins

  23. Robear Says:

    yeah, of course, two sick venues. they’ve hit that point of being able to pick and choose.

    lots of awesome venues on this tour!

    i just wonder if the fact that those venues are not run by the LiveMaster was in the back of their minds.

  24. Prince Nabby Says:

    You and me both. G’night all. Much fortune on the ticket front tomorrow!

  25. KWL Says:

    sounds very intriguing PB. I am no stranger to ranches, I hang around a lot of old ones in my neck of CO, as in, older than Anglo settlements.

    sign me up for the telluride disc olympics, Robear. Trey or no Trey, I am there.

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